Textiles: manipulation

Course Dates: 23/04/20 - 28/05/20
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore structure and form through manipulating paper and fabric, using a range of pleating and folding techniques and heat setting to give fabric a memory. Experiment with these techniques to make 3D forms for fashion, jewelry, textile art sculpture or interior applications. Expand on skills to explore personal themes and concepts and develop your creative practice or project. Intermediate level.


What is the course about?

Through sampling and experimenting, manipulate paper and fabric through methods of pleating and folding. We will use steam and the heat transfer press to heat set fabrics imparting a memory to manmade and natural fabric structures and forms and look at the incorporation of stitched elements as a holding/ decorative device where where appropriate. The course will include the making and using of 2 part origami moulds to create three dimensional and relief structures. Explore the creative potential of these techniques in relation to your own interests and selectively use skills learnt to develop personal ideas. Whilst you will be creating samples in class, issues relating to scale, colouring and application will be discussed. These techniques have huge potential for creative development and application to a wide range of practices from jewelry to fashion, art, sculpture or interiors.

What will we cover?

- Use of the pleating machine to make small structures
- Heat setting using steam and the heat transfer press
- Making and using a 2 part origami mould
- The application of these techniques to a variety of contexts.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Use the pleating machine to make small structures
- Heat set fabric into 3d form using the steam and the heat transfer press
- Make and use a 2 part origami mould to create a 3d folding structure
- Develop ideas using these techniques in line with personal practice.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You will need to have some experience of independent practice researching and developing your own personal projects and of working with fabrics. Be prepared to explore and experiment and add in your own skills and knowledge according to your area of practice; fashion, interiors, textile art etc.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through demonstration, group and individual tuition, discussion, illustration with samples, visual presentations and hands on practice. Techniques and processes used will be supported by handouts.
You will be asked to undertake further research as needed in order to develop your ideas and you may want to practise and extend what you have learnt in class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need to bring in your own inspiration sources and fabrics/substrates to suit your project as the course progresses and your ideas develop.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

VX448 Textiles: mixed media embellishment
VX442 Textiles: digital surfaces
VX702 Constructing pattern colouring cloth.

Tutor Biographies
Caroline Bartlett Tutor Website

Caroline Bartlett has exhibited widely in the U.K. and internationally as a textile artist. Examples of her work can be seen in various public collections including those of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Crafts Council. Trained originally in printed textiles she worked as a freelance designer and for a commission printer before completing a postgraduate in textiles at Goldsmith and then an MA in Public Art. Her current practice has included responses to historic locations and museum collections generating work which employs a range of textile processes. She has extensive experience teaching adults from beginner level through to Foundation, degree and MA in Textiles and Applied Arts.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VX447

Thu, eve, 23 Apr - 28 May '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £209.00
Concession: £127.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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